for forthcoming uk programmes of jewish or israeli interest

yesterday afternoon (thursday 16th), 4.20-6.49pm, on bbc parliament tv (freeview channel 81 or 131)
house of lords: freedom of religion

“Coverage of the debate in the House of Lords on worldwide violations of Article 18 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, from Thursday 16 July.”

includes …
lord alton, 4.20 to 4.35pm
lord palmer, 5.23 to 5.28pm
• rabbi lord sacks, 5.38-5.43pm (1:18:35 to 1:23:00)

Lord Alton of Liverpool (CB): (moving the motion, 0:05:52) “My noble friend’s [Lord Sack‘s] brilliant critique, Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence, is required reading for anyone trying to comprehend what motivates people to kill Christian students in Kenya, Shia Muslims praying in a mosque in Kuwait, Pakistani Anglicans celebrating the Eucharist in Peshawar or British tourists simply holidaying in Tunisia and for anyone trying to understand the dramatic rise in Christian persecution, the vilification of Islam in some parts of the world and, in Europe, the troubling reawakening of anti-Semitism.
My noble friend’s insights into the shared stories of the Abrahamic faiths—not least the displacement stories of Isaac and Ishmael, Jacob and Esau, Leah and Rachel, and Joseph and his brothers—and how they can be used to promote mutual respect, coexistence, reconciliation and the healing of history underline the urgent need for scholars from those faiths to combat the evil being committed in God’s name and to give emphasis to the ancient texts in a way which upholds the dignity of difference—the title of another of my noble friend’s books.”
Lord Palmer of Childs Hill (LD): … As a Jew, I feel strongly about the Holocaust, which touched my own family, who lost a grandmother and an aunt in Poland in the 1940s.
So, I was very moved to hear reports of a rescue operation last week to seek, in a modest way, to take action against the barbaric treatment of Christian sects in the IS heartland of Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilisation. This appears to be an operation by the Barnabas Fund, an international relief agency for the persecuted church with the financial co-operation of certain Jewish organisations and philanthropists, to transfer Christian families to safe havens. I understand that this in an ongoing project to evacuate Christians from those lands where they have dwelt for 2,000 years. What these Christian communities are experiencing is not new to the Jewish communities throughout the Middle East and North Africa, whose persecution led to an exodus of some 850,000 Jews from Arab lands.
… It may seem a paradox but the country in the Middle East that is most welcoming to Christians, as the noble and right reverend Lord, Lord Carey, mentioned in passing, is Israel. Christianity is one of the recognized religions in Israel and is practised by more than 161,000 Israeli citizens—about 2.1% of the population. In Israel, there are approximately 300 Christians who have chosen to convert from Islam. Very sadly, such apostasy is not allowed in much of the rest of the Middle East.
… one of the heroes of the Holocaust died at the age of 106. I refer of course to Sir Nicolas Winton, who organised eight trains to take 669 children to London from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. The British people made room for these refugees and I can only hope that in Britain and the rest of Europe we will rise to the challenge in the present times.
… Christianity has, I believe, 2 billion adherents, Islam 1.3 billion, and Judaism, which comes slightly further behind, a mere 14 million. …”
Lord Sacks (CB): “…There must be some set of principles that we can appeal to, and be held accountable to, if our common humanity is to survive our religious differences. Religious freedom is about our common humanity, and we must fight for it if we are not to lose it. This, I believe, is the issue of our time.”

(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b063s989/house-of-lords-freedom-of-…)
(transcript available at http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201516/ldhansrd/text/150716-0… and http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201516/ldhansrd/text/150716-0… or http://www.rabbisacks.org/rabbi-sacks-speak-about-religious-freedom-and-…)

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